J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics
Made in Korea is Kay Aplin’s seventh and most ambitious project to date at The Ceramic House, involving a series of exhibitions, concerts, an international residency and the launch of a unique audio guide, evolving throughout 2017 in Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul. The exhibition opens at The Ceramic House in May, transferring to Sladmore Contemporary in July.
The idea for Made in Korea arose when Kay met Kyung Won Baek, a young Korean ceramist, on a residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark in 2014.
Supported by an Artists International Development Fund award from Arts Council England, Kay travelled to South Korea in autumn 2016 to research the project. Baek prepared an itinerary and for three weeks Kay travelled around Korea, meeting artists in their studios, visiting ceramic centres, residencies, museums and galleries. She studied collections of traditional Korean ceramics as well as contemporary exhibitions, and was enthralled by the exceptional quality of everything she saw. Planning took two years, seeking artists, partners and venues to create this multi-faceted project.
Based in South Korea, Baek has been an invaluable contact, introducing Kay to artists, curators, academics and ceramic residency centres and helping to plan everything. Myung Nam An, a Korean artist based in London, who exhibited at The Ceramic House in 2012, introduced Kay to Gerry Farrell, the director of Sladmore Contemporary in London, who is hosting Made in Korea in July 2017.
Fifteen Korean ceramic artists have been selected to participate in the exhibition, who are based in South Korea, France, Germany, USA and UK. Two artists will participate in a residency hosted by The Ceramic House during May/June and the resulting work will be exhibited at British Ceramics Biennial, together with a new installation by Aplin responding to her experiences in Korea.
Kay started writing the blog at the onset of her trip to Korea, where she spent three weeks in October-November 2016, with meetings every single day with artists, curators, museum and gallery directors, researching Korean ceramics and gathering inspiration for her piece.
Kay will be continuing the blog until the end of the project in 2017. Follow Kay’s progress here: